It's not too soon to start planning your 2017 vacation. 

By Brigitt Earley
Updated November 15, 2016
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In desperate need of some truly restorative R&R? (Us too.) Even though you may be hopping on a plane to head to the in-laws for the holidays, the stress of Thanksgiving travel can hardly be considered a relaxing vacation. Instead, set your sights on your plans for 2017. There are some fantastic deals to be had, according to Travelzoo.

The site, which regularly publishes travel deals and news, says money-savvy travelers should focus on six destinations—Florida's Gulf Coast, New Zealand, Paris, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Washington D.C.—when planning trips in 2017. Here's why:

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Florida Gulf Coast

The west side of the state, the Clearwater Beach area in particular, has recently experienced a boom in hotel openings. Plus, many airlines, including the budget airline Allegiant, flies into Tampa and it's surrounding airports. The volume creates heavy competition and, therefore, frequent airfare sales.

New Zealand

Airlines have double the seats going to New Zealand this year, plus more direct flights. The stiffer competition between airlines means lower prices for passengers. Air New Zealand also offers the "Explorer Pass," which allows travelers to stop in several different cities across the country.


According to the French department of tourism, Paris experienced a drop of approximately 1.8 million visitors during the first 10 months of 2016 (compared to the first 10 months of 2015). This could put pressure on Parisian hotels to decrease their rates, according to Travelzoo. Plus, an increase in low-cost flight options and an improved exchange rate for Americans makes travel to the area more appealing.


In addition to the dollar being at a 10-year high compared to the Peruvian sol, there are now seven airlines that fly nonstop from the U.S. to Peru's capital, Lima. Though Travelzoo editors recommend visiting Machu Picchu sooner rather than later—the Peruvian government has begun to limit the amount of visitors to the landmark.

United Kingdom

A weaker currency (the pound hit a 31-year low after the U.K. voted to leave the E.U.) and affordable airfare makes it the ideal time to visit the country. According to Travelzoo deal experts, there are plenty of deals to be had for American travelers—a 4-star London vacation with direct flights for just $599 was recently spotted.

Washington D.C.

An abundance of hotel openings will likely drive down room rates, according to Travelzoo. Plus, the city is already a favorite among budget-savvy travelers, thanks to a plethora of free attractions. For the best hotel rates, travel on weekends when business travelers leave town. August is another prime time for price cuts, since Congress is in recess.